Convent of the Sacred Heart started strong and finished with a flurry in recording a 17-14 win against neighborhood rival Greenwich High School Wednesday in a well-played matchup at Cardinal Stadium .
The Tigers (10-6-1) jumped out to a 5-1 lead, then when the Cardinals cut a 15-10 deficit to 15-14 with just less than two minutes left to play in the second half, CSH scored two straight goals to seal the win. Senior attack Kate Larkin paced Sacred Heart offensively in the first half, notching four goals and junior midfielder Emma Novick sparked the squad in the second half with five goals.
Katie Miller, Haley Horn and Colleen O’Neill added two goals apiece for Sacred Heart in this rare game between the two teams. The teams met in 2012 for the first time in recent memory, with Greenwich winning that matchup, 22-14. The Cardinals received another standout game from senior midfielder Carolyn Paletta (four goals, two assists) and three goals each from Hannah Koorbusch and Maddy Graves. Anne Dunster and Grace Paletta each contributed two goals in the loss.
Winning a good number of the draws, getting strong play from senior Amanda Crowell in goal (11 saves) and converting their shots were some of the keys to the Tigers’ victory.
“Amanda had some huge 1-on-1 saves and Katie (Miller) did great on the draw,” CSH coach Courtney DePeter said. “Also, this was the last regular season game of Katie Larkin’s career and she ended it with a great performance.”
Indeed, the Tigers’ regular season is over, but they hope they have two games left in their season. They will host Greens Farms Academy in the FAA Tournament semifinals. Should they beat GFA, they will play for the FAA title on Tuesday.
“This was a great win for us going into the FAA Tournament,” Novick said. “We knew it was going to be a very tough game, but we knew we could do it.”
Greenwich, meanwhile, has two regular season games left, beginning with Thursday’s road game against Staples. The 8-6 Cardinals host Westhill Monday before turning their attention to the FCIAC Tournament. A junior-laden team, Greenwich has experienced some growing pains this spring, but has plenty of talent. The Cardinals showed flashes of brilliance Wednesday, coming back from a 6-2 deficit to even the score at 7-7 going into halftime and making a late second-half run. Yet untimely turnovers and a lack of execution on a few plays did the Cards in.
“When we were down 6-2 our defense and attack stepped up,” Cardinals coach Caitlin Keane said. “We were making smart decisions and smart passes. Then a little bit of our inexperience showed in certain situations and we starting falling back on old habits.”
Said senior Carolyn Paletta: “We didn’t come out as fast as we should have. In the second half we started to see each other and began playing our type of game. Give Sacred Heart credit, they have an awesome attack and were really going strong to the goal.”
Wednesday’s game was titled: “Coaches vs. Cancer.” The Cardinals wore orange jerseys to raise cancer awareness. Donations to the American Cancer Society were taken at the game.
Here’s the game story of the Tigers’ win vs. the Cardinals: http://bit.ly/1qEhT7t